Winter With Trusty the Talking Donkey

Trusty’s Travels in Winter ~ Greeting Card

Most sponsored children live in warmer climates where they have never experienced snow, so they are very intrigued by it.  Delight your child with this wintry card of Trusty knee-deep in snowy fields… available in Trusty’s Shoppe.

Big Thoughts for Little People

balaamdonkeyStep into the story of Balaam and imagine what it would have been like for him to suddenly have his donkey talk to him. What would that event have been like for the donkey? Just imagine if your pet’s mouth was opened so that he could talk to you! What would he say?  Would he say that you have been taking good care of him?  The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel. Proverbs 12:10 NLT  I’ve thought of Balaam’s talking donkey many times while petting my dog’s head, and wondering what he would say to me if he could.  This would make an interesting writing prompt to share with your child.  Share your thoughts, and ask them what they think about it a well. I’ve received some rather thoughtful responses in return, and stepping into the stories like this helps our children (and us!) to learn from the story in a fresh way that we hadn’t considered before.

More Big Thoughts

The story of Balaam has a lot to do with words!  A donkey’s mouth is opened so that he can speak.  A king tries to bribe Balaam to speak a curse over God’s people.  How important are our words?  What does God think of the words we speak?  God gave humans the gift of speech, and He requires that we use it well, to speak blessing and life.  Choose a verse (or several) to share on the importance of our words, such as these here:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.   Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  Matthew 12:36 NKJV
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24 NKJV

The Wisdom Search

Challenge your kids with a quest for wisdom regarding their words by reading through Psalms and Proverbs.  You can read through both of these books in a month by reading five Psalms/day and one chapter in Proverbs.  Make a simple journal with a few sheets of paper stapled together for your child to record each significant verse he finds that talks about our words.  Ask your child what verses were most meaningful to him?  What did he learn?  Consider doing this along with your child, and compare notes!

Exploring Art

Balaam and the Donkey by Pieter Lastman, 1622

Introduce your child to a famous painting of this story… here is one that you might want to consider sending.  Print off a color copy of it for your child to observe, or choose another painting of this story, such as Rembrandt’s painting.  Ask your child what he thinks of this painting.  What does he like about it?  Does it show what he feels about the story?  How would he paint it differently?  What does he think about the colors that the artist used for the different figures?

 Balaam Coloring Pages

Here are my favorite coloring pages of Balaam and his talking donkey.

Balaam’s Talking Donkey Coloring Page 1 Balaam and his donkey
balaamcoloringpage Balaam’s Talking Donkey Coloring Page 2

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